Dental Veneers and Dental Laminates in Houston, TX
Dental veneers or laminates help enhance your smile, but understanding the differences between the two can help you make the best decision for you. Dental Bright, Houston, offers both of these procedures to improve the appearance of your teeth. Contact us at (713) 783-6060 to schedule a consultation and determine your best option.
UNDERSTANDING DENTAL LAMINATES
Though Dental laminates enhance your smile like veneers but differ in other ways, laminates are lighter and less durable as compared to veneers. They are not ideal for dental repairs, despite the fact that they can whiten teeth. Laminates are better for long-term tooth health as they do not require enamel removal. Compared to the other options, they can be more expensive and appear bulky on the teeth without any alteration.
UNDERSTANDING DENTAL VEENERS
Dental veneers are very thin porcelain or composite resin coatings applied to the front of the teeth to hide small flaws and make stains, or discolouration appear less noticeable. Veneers help solve issues such as gaps, misshapen teeth, cracks, chips, staining, and discolouration. Porcelain veneers are a better choice as they are more durable and resistant to staining as compared to composite resin veneers. Porcelain veneers are stronger and endure longer than composite resin veneers, which may be finished in one visit and are less expensive.
PLACING DENTAL VENEERS
In order to place porcelain veneers, you must remove enamel just to ensure the thin shell's proper adhesion. These custom veneers are created by dental lab technicians that are then colour-matched to your teeth and bonded using special dental cement. With composite resin veneers, tooth enamel must be removed before the resin is applied to cover and reshape the teeth. A special light seals the resin, and the veneers are filed for a natural look.
MAINTENANCE AND CARE
Regular oral care is the key when it comes to the maintenance of veneers and laminates. After meals, brushing and flossing are vital, as are routine dental exams. It is strictly advisable to avoid hard eateries that include ice and similar items as they can result in cracking or loosening of veneers. It is best to start with soft meals and steer clear of things like tobacco, red wine, and coffee to prevent stains. You can wear a bite guard at night to protect against teeth grinding that may wear down veneers.